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Ready For Winter

Welcome guests in style with a glam reception room


This winter, it’s all about glitz and glamour, from big, bold colours to luxurious fabrics and metallic accents. Maximalism is in, and more really is more. Be brave with your backdrop and choose a jewel tone, such as Emerald Glade, then layer with similarly-hued furnishings. The effect is Art Deco-inspired decadence that really sets the scene for elegant entertaining. So all that’s left to do is compile the guest list. 

Take Away Tip

Pick out original features like fireplaces in contrasting neutrals to really make them pop against rich, dark walls.

 

Wonder Wall

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A wow colour such as Emerald Glade on the wall really speaks for itself, so allow it to shine rather than adorning with artwork. Instead, finish with an interesting piece of furniture, such as a low sideboard, that doesn’t detract from the main event. Then accessorise with a colour clash that accentuates the wall further. We’ve gone for hints of hot pink in an elegant lamp and a floral arrangement that appears elsewhere in the room, to tie everything together. A sideboard such as this provides a stylish platform for hosting cocktail hour, too – think dry martinis and delicate canapés shared beside a crackling hearth.

 

Star of the Show

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Hark back to the days before the TV took centre stage, and make the fireplace the focal point of the room. Dress the mantle with fancy objects of differing heights – candelabras, bookends, vases – then crown with a statement mirror to add more opulence. All your treasures will stand out and look truly striking against the Emerald Glade backdrop – particularly gorgeous gold accents and hot-pink accessories. 

 

Chalet Chic

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Warm up an outdoor space for winter so you can use it throughout the year. This chalet-inspired retreat combines a cool palette with Scandi-style furnishings and plenty of character. 

 

  1. Choose subtle shades that highlight the space, but blend in with the rest of the exterior. We used Weathershield Concrete Grey on the brickwork, and Weathershield Smooth Flint for the door frame. 
  2. Nod to nature with plants on the wall and floor. Try creating a display of winter foliage on a tray painted in Weathershield Buckingham.
  3. Style the space as you would indoors: somewhere chic and comfortable to sit, draped with faux fur throws for warmth and a woven rug for texture underfoot.
  4. Create ambience with candelight in oversized storm lanterns; festoon an old wooden ladder with fairy lights; and introduce a fire-pit as the focus – the hottest trend in outdoor decorating.
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